Facts About Fleas and Ticks

is no bigger pain on the planet than fleas and ticks – and that’s coming from
someone who encounters bad drivers every morning. But, as a fellow pet owner,
fleas and ticks take the cake.
What Are Fleas and
are small insects that latch onto your pet. They can find a home on your pet
during a walk outside, or even in your home – fleas attach themselves to socks
and shoes. Yikes!
fleas cozy up in your pet’s fur, they feed on blood. They’re mini vampires in
this sense. After a while, they’ll look to mate – the females lay eggs, which
can fall off your pet and into your home and yard.
much like fleas, attach themselves to the pet’s body as well. They’re
bloodsuckers as too, capable of transmitting diseases when they bite. The
problem, though, is that ticks are subtler about they’re invasion – releasing
an anesthetic so the victim doesn’t feel a thing.
Detecting Fleas and
tend to leave little dark brown flecks, which can be found combing through your
pet’s skin. This coupled with constant scratching is a sure fire sign your pet
has a case of the itchy-crawly’s.
looking for ticks, run your hand along your pet’s body. If you feel a tiny lump
or bump, stop and look at it. If the bump is red, almost like a blood blubble,
it’s a tick.
Flea and Tick Prevention
it’s true that fleas and ticks are more prevalent in the summer months,
thriving in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees, they can linger indoors
during the winter months. This is why it’s good to find a year-round
preventative product for your pets. But remember, these products are different
for cats and dogs (some dog treatments are toxic to cats, and vice-versa).
Visit your veterinarian for more details.

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